Michigan State basketball beats Illinois, 88-80: 3 quick takes

1. Win over Illinois a reminder of what this MSU team can be

EAST LANSING – Saturday’s 88-80 win over Illinois demonstrated something we already knew about Michigan State’s basketball team — that on a given day, they’re capable of playing with just about anyone in the sport. Capable of beating just about anyone. Still, it’s good for them to be reminded of that. Perhaps good, too, for those suffering along with them to see it once in a while, as well.

Because while the Illini have their warts — mostly they’re missing a true point guard, which bit them late in the game Saturday — the Illini, physically, are as menacing as any team in college basketball. They’re probably built for a deep tournament run more than MSU is. Although if guards win the day in college hoops, you’d take the day we saw from A.J. Hoggard and Tyson Walker.

First appeared on www.lansingstatejournal.com

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